Political Speakers


Robert Ghiz

Former Premier of PEI

As the former Premier of Prince Edward Island, from 2007 to 2015, Robert Ghiz was known for his achievements when it came to education, health care, and growing the economy. In addition to his role as Premier, he served as Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs, and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. His presentations provide insights into the Canadian political system, public sector leadership, and topics ranging from education to health care and the economy.

Ghiz served as Premier of Prince Edward Island from June 2007 to February 2015. First elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 in District 13 Charlottetown-Brighton.

Ghiz’s highlights as Premier of Prince Edward Island included achieving major improvements to the education system with the introduction of kindergarten as a full-day program. In health-care, Ghiz was successful at modernizing the Island health-care system to ensure it is both more efficient and sustainable to meet future demands.

Ghiz was the co-lead of the first Health Care Innovation Working Group alongside Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall. This Working Group resulted in cost-savings for provinces in pharma-care and shared best-practices among provinces and territories to enhance health care services for all Canadians.

During the recession, Ghiz and his government made strong investments in public infrastructure and played a key role in helping the province weather the recession. Ghiz focused on growing the economy and led many trade missions to Asia, Europe, the United States, and South America. This enabled exports to grow and hit an all-time high during his mandate. The focus on creating jobs and protecting Islanders from the impact of the global recession resulted in PEI currently having an all-time high in regards to employment.

Before entering provincial politics, Ghiz worked as Special Assistant to Prime Minister Jean Chretien, where he advised the Prime Minister on matters related to Atlantic Canada. He also served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and was employed in the private sector as Manager of Government Affairs for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Ottawa.